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Forum topic by Camper posted 07-25-2011 03:29 PM 6214 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2011 03:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: contractor saw ridgid dust collection

Hi everyone,

I have a dust collector and am working on a dust collection solution for a Ridgid TS-3650. I do not have the blade guard or the dust chute but these can be ordered online it seems. My question is, with the standard parts, how is the dust collection when hooked up to a dust collector? Have you come up with a design that works (better) for this saw? Pictures would be great!

Thanks in advance.

-- Tampa-FL

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 04:30 PM

I have this saw and haven’t found a satisfactory solution either. I use zero clearance throat inserts, have it connected to a dust collector and still get way too much sawdust below the saw. I’ll be “watching” this post to see what suggestions are offered.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 11:53 PM

I used to have this saw and regardless of what dust collector I hooked it up to, I would always have to clean up after the saw every few weeks or less depending on use. With the stock dust collection unit in place you will see that the entire dust collection system is just a rubbery plastic piece that cups the blade. There is a good inch or two of space between the top of that dust guard and the buttom of the table. As a result you never get a really good seal. Also the dust guard itself does not seal very well on its edges.

I never bothered with trying to create a solution. But if a solution is needed then you will need to seal up the edges of the dust guard (even something like duct tape will work for this), and also find a way to better seal the guard to the underside of the table. The problem with simply filling the distance between the guard and underside of the table is that the distance changes when you tilt the blade. So you would need something that changes with the tilt of the blade. I think you could fit some thick plastic to the underside of your table and then more onto the dust guard. If you left it baggy enough you would have enough slack to allow the blade to tilt. It will look pretty silly, but it would probably do the job.

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 08:33 PM

Thanks Minorhero. Will keep these suggestions in mind when I get around to an hopefully effective solution. Ridgid has a forum with some useful ideas as well it seems.

-- Tampa-FL

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 03:04 AM

I also have a 3650 and am less than impressed with any dc solutions i have tried. Contractor style saws are known for poor dust collection. I’ve tried the stock port that comes with the saw, an aftermarket hood that goes beneath it, homemade hood…all with hardly any improvement to what I am using now…the floor.


-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 03:46 AM

I find this interesting…I am upgrading from another contractor saw, a 315. craftsman, and always just used the stock set-up connected to a 1.5HP dust collector (2 1/2 or maybe 2 1/4 connection to a 4” diameter flexible duct). The set-up is similar to ridgid’s probably even more awkward. Yes, I get dust on the table and some underneath but have always been satisfied with the outcome as compared to “floor” option.

One thing that is sort of a question in my mind is does really sealing the base or around the blade at the bottom and effectively leaving only the gap in the insert from which air is drawn in a good idea? Is there such a thing as restricting the airflow too much? Sort of like the concept of going from a 4” diameter duct work to a 2 1/2 decreases the effectiveness of the dust collector.

here are a few options I have found

option 1
option 2
option 3

-- Tampa-FL

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